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  • May be moving to North Carolina....

    ...and I need help figuring out where!

    I'm interviewing for a job within my company that might move us from the PNW to the North Carolina area....though I'm sure I'd have flexibility to live anywhere in the general vicinity (NC, SC, KY, etc.).

    I started looking up farms for sale online, but quickly realized that I have absolutely no idea where to look!

    I show on the h/j circuit primarily in the jumpers and would like to be within a reasonable distance from A/AA horseshows. Please note that my version of a "reasonable" distance may differ from many considering the fact that I drive out each day to shows that are 50+ miles and a ferry boat ride from where I live for the 6 days of each show (making it a 2+ hour commute each way). So I suppose I consider "reasonable" to mean within a couple of hours. Obviously I mentioned KY, so moving within a short drive of Lexington would be fabulous, but somehow I think that might be a little pricey? How about in the state of NC?

    Any tips of areas to look? Areas to avoid? Pricey areas are okay, but we're certainly not unlimited in funds and plan to stay a pretty way from the million dollar mark.

    So mainly I'm looking for "farm-y" areas with access to decent vets, horseshows, etc.

    Help!
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    I live in eastern NC, Raleigh is about an hour away, GReensboro about two hours, S. pines also two hours. Plenty of shows in this area from pretty competitive local circuits, "C" shows (NCHJA rated) and "A" and "AA" shows year round. Plenty of good vets and we have the vet school at NCSU in Raleigh. ALthough Raleigh can get pricey (as can S. Pines!) Just a bit east, like I am and very "farmland" and laid back, better prices etc but still 4 lane access to almost anywhere. I like it down here. There are not as many good trainers in this area, but again just an hour or two and you have a choice of some pretty good ones, although not really "big name" H/J trainers (more big name event trainers in S.Pines)
    www.shawneeacres.net

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    • #3
      PNW-I live in the Tryon area-it's Horse Central in N.C. We have a big public access trail system, fox hunting, shows all year, trainers on every corner(good ones!), good vet care (including a large animal surgery) and a great, friendly horsey community. Land is more pricy than it used to be, but there are deals to be had.

      The weather is excellent. It does get hot in the summer, but we're close enough to the mountains that the mornings stay pleasant enough to get riding done., and the evenings always cool off.

      All that said, I've never been anywhere more beautiful for horses than Lexington. I don't know what the equestrian community is like there, but just to ride around and gawk at the farms will take your breath away.

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      • #4
        2nd Tryon!
        "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."

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        • #5
          I moved from CA to Lexington 5 years ago and haven't regretted a second of it. Property values are relatively high in Fayette County(Lex.) but drop off quite a bit in neighboing counties.

          KHP has A/AA h/j shows quite often in the summer (about half the summer schedule), and, with the new indoor arena and adjacent indoor barns opening, there will be a couple of h/j shows this winter.

          If you're wondering about prices, the farm next to mine, with 20 or so acres and a custom-built log home, is for sale and listed at $650k.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PNWjumper View Post
            ...and I need help figuring out where!

            I'm interviewing for a job within my company that might move us from the PNW to the North Carolina area....though I'm sure I'd have flexibility to live anywhere in the general vicinity (NC, SC, KY, etc.).

            I started looking up farms for sale online, but quickly realized that I have absolutely no idea where to look!

            I show on the h/j circuit primarily in the jumpers and would like to be within a reasonable distance from A/AA horseshows. Please note that my version of a "reasonable" distance may differ from many considering the fact that I drive out each day to shows that are 50+ miles and a ferry boat ride from where I live for the 6 days of each show (making it a 2+ hour commute each way). So I suppose I consider "reasonable" to mean within a couple of hours. Obviously I mentioned KY, so moving within a short drive of Lexington would be fabulous, but somehow I think that might be a little pricey? How about in the state of NC?

            Any tips of areas to look? Areas to avoid? Pricey areas are okay, but we're certainly not unlimited in funds and plan to stay a pretty way from the million dollar mark.

            So mainly I'm looking for "farm-y" areas with access to decent vets, horseshows, etc.

            Help!
            Oh reeeeeeeeeally? This is an interesting development that made me smile!!!

            We have family stationed at Ft. Bragg (Fayetteville)....and family in Charlottesville, VA, so we would definitely come visit if you do end up moving!

            I know nothing about the horsey stuff in the area, so I can offer no help.....only excitement over the fact that you might be on this coast! Although, one of the girls I used to teach in Spokane moved to SC a few years back and may have some input/advice....she shows jumpers...I'll shoot her an email.

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            • #7
              It's a great region- Tryon, Southern Pines, Camden, Aiken. You can't go wrong in those areas- just pick what you like in terms of geography. My choice would be Tryon, though I'd get my farm in someplace nearby like Gowensville or Landrum SC.I'd not turn down the chance at a farm in any of those though. Also, in Tryon they are building a new equestrian center- so you might get even more shows in your back yard!

              Charlotte can be difficult- its an odd riding scene- I think a lot of the critcal mass gets floated out to Camden, Tryon and Southern Pines and leaves Charlotte a little wanting at times. It is fine for more local type shows though. I just remember growing up in Cleveland and having so many good trainers and barns... and then Charlotte- there's just not a lot to chose from.

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              • #8
                Yea! PNWJumper! Come to Alpharetta,GA Its awesome for well everything, there are some beautiful farms for sale around here right nowtoo.
                We have Wills Park 5 miles from us, holds local and A rated shows and for jumpers they also have city League, if you are familar with City League. (Its a jumper league with mega $$$$ in prize money)
                GA International Horse Park in Conyers, where the 96 Oylimpic were held, now holds A;AA and local.
                Chateau Elan has A, AA,Local, then there's Brownland had A,AA 2 hour drive, Tyron, 2 hour drive, Akien is a couple of hours I thik, haven't been there yet.
                Then FL Ocala 6 hours, Jacksonville 6 hours
                Ms Gulf Coast
                PM if you'd like
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                • #9
                  PNWjumper,

                  I would heartily recommend the Raleigh area as great place to re-locate, and MacNair's Country Acres as a barn to consider. I am the Director of Country Acres, the hunter/jumper boarding/training/showing barn at MacNair's. We are just south of Raleigh. The Hunt Center, six miles from us, has many shows, including four "A" and four "AA" hunter/jumper shows. The North Carolina State Vet School, which provides superior care for horses, is also about six miles away. I would be happy to email you information about myself, our program and our facility. Our website is currently being re-designed but you can get an idea of what our farm looks like by going to our photo site: macnairscountryacres.shutterfly.com

                  If I can answer any questions for you or schedule a tour, please feel free to get in touch with me.
                  Thom Pollard
                  thom.pollard@macnairscountryacres.com

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                    #10
                    Thanks for the responses so far guys! And theinstigator, you'd BETTER come visit me if we move out there! I miss you!

                    It's funny as I look up farms and properties....I feel like I've been lied to my entire life. Up here anything 3 acres or bigger is considered a "farm." I'm looking at properties in NC, SC, and KY and laughing because THEY'RE ACTUAL FARMS! You can't find anything sitting on non-wooded 20+ acres for less than a million (and often MUCH higher) anywhere within a reasonable distance from Seattle. I just had no idea....

                    Thanks for the rec, Thom. I keep my horses at my house and have my own program for them, which I will continue when we move. I will be looking for a good dressage trainer (I have a fabulous one up here and she's the only person I take regular lessons from), and then aim to continue my regular clinics with Greg Best....which is bound to be easier on the east coast than up in my little corner up here. And my main criteria for "local" horseshows (meaning A/AA shows within easy driving distance) is that there's decent money in the AO Jumpers.

                    I was pretty ambivalent about the job opportunity until I started looking at farms in the areas recommended here. Now I WANT the job so I can move to "real" horse country
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                    Horses in the NW

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                    • #11
                      I second Raleigh as being a really nice place! My family has some lake property at Bugg's Lake over the border in Virginia - and we visit a couple of times per year. The ONLY bummer about NC is the ... SPIDERS omg. We went for a hayride last fall at one of my husband's uncles farm and there were HUGE RED SPIDERS hanging out in the trees. I was terrified as we drove underneath them!
                      * Sunny * Ella (2006 filly) * Tank (2008 colt)*

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                      • #12
                        Is Virginia considered in the general vicinity? There are so many wonderful A shows in Virginia, plus a strong local circuit with excellent jumper divisions (hard to find!). The Charlottesville area is perfect to me -- easy driving to so many great A shows, esp. the VA Horse Center, my favorite place to show. Though not cheap by midwest standards, farms are VERY affordable when compared to PNW.

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                        • #13
                          I hear you on the PNW prices. I'm from Virginia and have lived in NC. If you can make the same money there you will be so much better off. I live near Vancouver, BC and looked at a 'farm' the other night..3 acres and a horrible fixer upper rancher with falling down fencing. All for the small sum of 1.3 million!! I'm dying to move back to either NC or VA. I really like Landrum or Tryon. My mom is in Raleigh and loves it. I think you would love the access to the show scene there.
                          Fine Equine Art http://www.marcycriner.com

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                          • #14
                            another vote for the tryon area .
                            I live just outside it in SC for the lower taxes but im still close enough to make any of the shows a quick commute.

                            Try looking in Landrum, Gowansville, campobello, inman for( spartanburg and greenville counties) sc and you can also try Polk County, ( mill spring, pea ridge green creek) and rutherford county (both north carolina) If you're going to need use of a major airport I suggest Rutherfordton co. or Spartanburg Co, both are about an hourish from Charlotte International.

                            Plus its near the farm house tack shop!! =)
                            if you do a visit, drop in there, they are really great about helping you figure out who to contact for real estate agents, and local information for land and boarding opportunities

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                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              Ah yes, now that someone has mentioned it.....I do need to be relatively close to a major airport of some sort or another. So maybe within an hour or so? I don't think much about things like that in relation to the East Coast because everything is so much closer than on the West Coast anyway.

                              Is it bad that the only thing I care about moving close to is the horse stuff when the whole reason I might be moving is the job?
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                              Flying F Sport Horses
                              Horses in the NW

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                              • #16
                                Oh.. the Carolinas are my home..


                                I kept horses in the Tryon area for years (in Landrum, SC, right at the base of the mountains ) and I met some of my best and most treasured friends there. Its a horse community of people who do things for each other in an old fashioned kind of way. I miss it terribly, even though my life in the midwest is super.

                                I know that theres a ton of awesomeness in the Raleigh/Durham area, as well. But oh how I long for Tryon sometimes!

                                As for driving, we showed mostly 2 or so hours away at most when I was there.. and there were lots of them that were "in the backyard" (A shows, local, whatever)

                                City League International was started by a trainer (and maybe some helpers) in the Tryon area and I think its not necessarily the biggest thing yet, it seems to be growing, and since you do the bigger jumper stuff, I figured it might be worth a mention because I hear the prize money is good.

                                Here's a link- http://www.cityleagueinternational.com/
                                Teneriffe Enterprises- NW Indiana
                                www.saradanielhaynes.com

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                                • #17
                                  Greenville/Spartanburg has their own airport (aptly named Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport) its small and I wouldnt take the word International too literally, but most of the flights there are connected in some way shape or form to Charlotte, Atlanta, or (oddly perhaps) Detroit.
                                  Teneriffe Enterprises- NW Indiana
                                  www.saradanielhaynes.com

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Sunny's Mom View Post
                                    My family has some lake property at Bugg's Lake over the border in Virginia
                                    I spent every weekend April - October for much of my childhood & teen age years camping there near the dam. I really miss those trips.

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                                    • #19
                                      If you lived in Landrum, you could be at Charlotte Douglas Intl Airport in under an hour and a half. You can fly direct most anywhere in the US and they have a few direct Intl (London etc). It's an easy drive on an interstate. And you could shop at the Farm House every day. And be in Asheville for a nice dinner in a half hour.

                                      FWIW, Landrum is an adorable town.

                                      I want to move there. It's probably obvious.

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                                      • #20
                                        I would go to NC before KY. The winters are much milder (excluding those horrible ice storms they get every year) and it's not that long of a haul to KHP or Conyers or the Virginia horse center from NC. My SIL and her family live in Greensboro. There are a lot of farms around there and it seems like a nice place to live.

                                        Would be fun to have you on this side of the country!
                                        Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

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